Station Narva 2018

September 21 – September 23, 2018

The first edition of the music and city culture festival Station Narva that took place in the easternmost Estonian city Narva filled the border town with exciting music and art, public talks, and get-togethers uniting various generations and nationalities. About 3,000 people participated in the festival events.

On 21-22 September, the multiple stages of the grand industrial architecture complex Kreenholm Factory and the bohemian Art Club Ro-Ro were home for music from 26 artists. The headliners of the festival were the post-punk and neo-psychedelia legend Echo & the Bunnymen,trip hop pioneer Tricky and techno producer Actress from the UK. There were Russian rising stars Grechka and Shortparis, Finnish space rock band Joensuu 1685, and Icelandic rapper Fever Dream, along dozen finest acts from Estonia, including avant-pop artist Mart Avi, house veterans Una Bomba 50+ as well as Narva’s own musical talent, from rapper Propazha to Alla Jakobuva Ensemble who performed with Estonian premier hip-hop artist Genka.

In addition to the music programme, the whole city came alive with various  interactions. Narva College hosted the Business and Innovation Day that brought together Estonian tech companies and Narva and Ida-Viru County entrepreneurs. The second half of the day was focused on workshops organised by the e-Residency team, Telia TechGirls in cooperation with TechSisters, and digital media incubator DIGIX.

Narva Art Residency hosted an exhibition by the international artist duo Varvara & Mar, comics drawing workshop by Kaisa Leka and Christoffer Leka as well as BAZAR public talks where, among other topics, the current situation and future scenarios of Narva as a new and unexpected centre of attraction were discussed. Narva-style breakfasts were served at VitaTiim centre and free day-time concerts took place on stages all around the city.

The festival was organised by Shiftworks in cooperation with the Narva team and several Narva enterprises and organisations: Art Club Ro-Ro, University of Tartu Narva College, Narva Art Residency, non-profit association EffectExpert, “Lamprey” festival, Comedy Estonia, BAZAR discussions day, and non-profit association Uus Sild.

Feel-good festival environment was powered by Telia, Narva Gate and Rand ja Tuulberg, and supported by the City of Narva, GoGroup, the European Commission Representation in Estonia, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, the Finnish Institute in Estonia, the Swedish Institute in Estonia, DIGIX, The Nordics, the British Council, the National Foundation of Civil Society, USRF, the Spanish Embassy in Estonia, Ida-Viru Vocational Education Centre, Levikom, Hotell Inger, Noorus Spa Hotel, Liivarand SPA Hotel.

Notable contributions to the festival were provided by Erkin Antov (graphic design and web), Ott Kangur (interior design), Aigar Vals (video), Asko Astmäe (social media), RGB Baltic, BGMD and Soundhouse, Kingent Management and SCS Logistika, Cuu Club, Kataja Event, Pirtel, Moe Fine Spirit Distillery, cafe Muna, Indrek Kõverik, Piirone, Kusmiku, F&B Cafe and Kokomo, Rapid Security, Toi Toi Eesti, Tuuliku Puit, International House Tartu.

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